Distinguished lecture on math open to community


Dr. Lisette de Pillis of Harvey Mudd College (Calif.) will be presenting on Zoom a distinguished lecture in mathematics on Wednesday, October 28, from 12-12:50 p.m. on “Mathematical Medicine: Modeling Disease and Treatment,” hosted by the Winona State University Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This presentation is open to Winona State students, faculty, and staff, as well as to members of the greater Winona community. This presentation is free of charge, and no preregistration is necessary.

Presentation Abstract: Immune system dynamics have proven to play an increasingly central role in the development of new treatment strategies for immune-related diseases such as type 1 diabetes and certain cancers. The critical importance of the immune system in fighting such diseases has been verified clinically, as well as through mathematical models. Many open questions remain, however, including what may lead to non-uniform patient responses to treatments, and how to optimize and personalize therapy strategies. Mathematical models can help to provide insights into the mechanisms that may be influencing patient outcomes. In this talk, leaders will present a sampling of mathematical models that help them to simulate immune system interactions, disease dynamics, and treatment approaches that may slow, or even stop, disease progression.

Dr. Lisette de Pillis is the Norman F. Sprague Jr. Professor of Life Sciences and a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. Passionate about using mathematics to seek solutions to real-world problems, she works with other mathematicians, biologists, and oncologists to search for new ways to treat diseases that interact with the immune system, in particular cancer, HIV, and type I diabetes. Dr. de Pillis has been recognized for her multidisciplinary research excellence with the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Distinguished Scholar Award from the Argonne National Laboratory. She is also a HERS-CBL Clare Boothe Luce Leadership in STEM scholar, and has been honored as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

For more information or to be sent a link to the Zoom presentation, please contact Joyati Debnath at jdebnath@winona.edu or Steve Leonhardi at sleonhardi@winona.edu.


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